EuroLeague CEO Jordi Bertomeu talked about Luka Doncic as well as the possibility of a UK team taking part in the EuroLeague in the future.
Here’s what the 59-year-old executive told Brian Berger’s Sports Business Radio podcast:
On Luka Doncic: “Luka Doncic is a player that probably we can have only once in 15-20 years. He’s a very unique talent. I watched him for the first time when he was 14 years old and I was very impressed. I haven’t seen such a player since Drazen Petrovic’s time. Even Petrovic wasn’t at this level when he was 18, 19.
Luka is a very unique player. Unfortunately, we enjoyed him for a short time. But, I think he will be an excellent NBA player and will put his mark on the league.”
On a UK team joining the EuroLeague: “We want to have a stability in the presence in the market. We have to remember that when we started the league in 2000 we had a team in London for a couple of years. But only five games were not enough for a team in a market that was still young and not mature for basketball.
Now the situation is different. With the new format of the league and with the regular season that guarantees 15 games at home, we are in a position that a strong project can join us. We are working on that. Our expectations are that in the next 3-4 years to have a team playing at a EuroLeague level. These are our expectations. We are working towards this action and I’m optimistic that this can happen.”